Monthly Archives: June 2014

Klinghoffer Broadcast R.I.P. — Content May Offend

Comes the news this morning that the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its HD simulcast of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer on the ground that it may offend some viewers, or be used by anti-Semites to do so. Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager, is quoted: “I’m convinced that the opera is not anti-semitic, but […]

Hartford Ring R.I.P.

Distressing news from the fledgling Hartford Wagner Festival. The production of Das Rheingold scheduled for this August has been cancelled. The immediate cause is not poor ticket sales, but rather the withdrawal of several artists from the endeavor. The planned use of a “digital orchestra” in the performances prompted not merely curiosity — and condemnation […]